Dec 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Memphis Grizzlies won 95-87. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls unlikely to sign or trade for Carmelo Anthony

The rumors about Carmelo Anthony have been swirling lately thanks in large part to his contract being up and the lowly status of the New York Knicks. But while there are rumors about where he’ll go, some of them are starting to get shot down before they can develop into anything.

One such rumor had the Chicago Bulls in play for Anthony this summer, something that long time reporter Sam Smith says isn’t likely. Smith’s reasoning is that signing Melo doesn’t make any sense for the Bulls as they’d have to gut their core roster to make room to sign Anthony.

Smith outlines that the Bulls would have to amnesty Carlos Boozer, let Luol Deng walk in free agency and trade Taj Gibson. The Bulls may still amnesty Boozer but they want to bring Deng back and have no intentions of moving Gibson, especially after they handed him a fat extension not too long ago.

So while adding Carmelo Anthony to a roster that has Derrick Rose is a cute idea, it sounds like in order for the Bulls to sign Melo, the roster would only consist of him and Rose.

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